HND Business


This course is validated by Kingston University and is delivered at Kingston College through a series of core modules which introduce the student to the world of business, the range of functions and employment roles within business and the knowledge and skills required to be successful.

Introductory course information

Award: HND Business

UCAS Code: 422N

Institution Code: K84

Location of study: Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a higher national qualification from Kingston University.

Course duration: 2 years (full-time)

Academic year dates: Full-time course: September 2018 - June 2019

Days of the week: Full-time course: TBC

Work placements: If you would like to undertake a work placement as part of the course, our Careers staff will work with you to try to identify a suitable opportunity and location for your work placement in the UK. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs. Further details on the likelihood of securing a placement, its impact on your course duration, and whether or not it will be paid are available from the Careers Advisory Service.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of 32 UCAS points, including one 6-unit award or equivalent, plus a minimum grade C/4 in GCSE Mathematics and English Language. Applications from international and mature students are welcome.

Course overview

This two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) develops your ability to understand business issues from a range of perspectives, to analyse management problems and specify workable solutions. In the first year, you will study the general global business environment and be introduced to the fundamentals of business. In the second year, you will develop analytical skills and suggest recommendations to business issues. You will further your knowledge of financial management, operations and project management and international business and culture, and make specific plans for employment.

Module information

The course will comprise the following Level 4 and 5 units:-

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • Business and Study Fundamentals (core, 30 credits)
  • Business Organisations and the Wider Environment (core, 30 credits)
  • Career and Employability Development (core, 30 credits)
  • Essentials of Marketing (core, 30 credits)

Year 2 (Level 5)

  • Finance for Management (core, 30 credits)
  • Introduction to Projects and Operations Management (core, 30 credits)
  • International Business and Culture (core, 30 credits)
  • People & Organisations (core, 30 credits)

Teaching and learning


You are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will have access to computer labs and library facilities throughout your course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. Assessment comprises a variety of methods including coursework, group work, practical activities, presentations, written reports, essays and examinations.

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: Full-time £6,300
  • Overseas/International students: Full-time £TBC


Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.


The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • awarding body fees
  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books, or software that you might wish to purchase.


Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.


Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.


Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

The HND prepares you not only for the world of work, but also for 'top up' conversion Degree programmes. There is a very significant focus on developing business and employability skills that will provide successful students with career enhancing opportunities and the opportunity to proceed to a full Honours Degree. After completion of their HND, students can further their studies by taking the third year of the BA (Hons) Business (Top up), also offered at Kingston College.

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